Dr. Thomas Zimmermann

Researcher

Goethe University Frankfurt
Faculty of Social Sciences
Institute of Sociology
Campus Westend, PEG Building
Theodor-W.-Adorno-Platz 6, Hauspostfach (internal post) 35
60323 Frankfurt am Main

Phone: +49 (0)69 798-36674
E-Mail: T.Zimmermann@soz.uni-frankfurt.de


Please note that I will not offer examination terms 'Soziologie im Lehramt' and supervise scientific term papers (WHA).

Vita | Research / PublicationsConference Presentations | Affiliations | Teaching


Vita

Thomas Zimmermann joined the Institute of Sociology at Goethe University Frankfurt in March 2018. Before he has been a researcher and research assistant at the University of Kassel, Germany (2012-2018), the Otto-Friedrich-University Bamberg, Germany (2011-2012) and the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia (2008-2011).

Thomas Zimmermann studied political science, law, social science and German at the Goethe University Frankfurt where he obtained a diploma in political science in 2007 and one year before the first state examination in teaching.

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Research

Research interests include social / ethnic inequalities in education and methods of empirical social research.

Please check the CV for the list of research projects – Link to full CV

 

Publications

Becker, B., Gresch, C. and Zimmermann, T. (2022): Are They Still Aiming High? The Development of Educational Aspirations of Lower Secondary School Students With Immigrant Backgrounds in Germany. International Migration Review (online first): 1-33. DOI: 10.1177/01979183221112404
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Zimmermann, T. (2019). Social Influence or Rational Choice? Two Models and Their Contribution to Explaining Class Differentials in Student Educational Aspirations. European Sociological Review. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/esr/jcz054

Zimmermann, T. (2018). Die Bedeutung signifikanter Anderer für eine Erklärung Sozial Differenzierter Bildungsaspirationen. Zeitschrift für Erziehungswissenschaften, 21 (2), 339-360. DOI: 10.1007/s11618-017-0781-z

Zimmermann, T. & Williams, J. H. (2016). Does Students’ Gender Matter? Parents’ Educational Expectations and Their Determinants and Consequences in Explaining Students’ Dropout in an Area in Cambodia. In: Y. Kitamura, D. B. Edwards Jr., S. Chhinn, & J. Williams (Eds.), The political economy of schooling in Cambodia: Issues of quality and equity (p. 123-142). Palgrave MacMillan.

Edwards Jr., D. B., Zimmermann, T., Chhinn, S., Williams, J., & Kitamura, Y. (2016). The Complexity of Continuation: A Narrative Perspective on Student Transition and Dropout from Primary to Lower Secondary School in Cambodia. In: Y. Kitamura, D. B. Edwards Jr., S. Chhinn, & J. Williams (Eds.), The political economy of schooling in Cambodia: Issues of quality and equity (p. 143-164). Palgrave MacMillan.

Williams, J. H., Kitamura, Y., Ogisu, T., & Zimmermann, T. (2016). Who Wants to Teach in Cambodia? In: Y. Kitamura, D. B. Edwards Jr., S. Chhinn, & J. Williams (Eds.), The political economy of schooling in Cambodia: Issues of quality and equity (p. 187-203). Palgrave MacMillan.

Edwards Jr., D. B., Zimmermann, T., Chhinn, S., Williams, J., & Kitamura, Y. (2014). Student retention and transition from primary to lower secondary school in Cambodia: Narrative insights into complex systems. Prospects. Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, 44, 367-380.

Working paper / reports

Williams, J. H., Kitamura, Y., & Zimmermann, T. (2012). Teacher education and privatization in Cambodia. (ESP Working Paper. Special Series in the Privatization of Education Initiative 2012 No. 45.) London: Open Society Foundation, Privatization in Education Research Initiative (PERI).

UNESCO (2009). Teacher Training Review Project: Strengthening Teacher Training to Achieve Education for All. Phnom Penh: UNESCO (Unpublished document written under contract with UNESCO, by Zimmermann, T., Chhinh, S., Hor, S, & Rath, C.).

Room to Read Cambodia (2009). Strategic Planning Research: Understanding the Operational Environment. Phnom Penh: Room to Read Cambodia (Unpublished document written under contract with Room to Read Cambodia by Chhinh, S., Zimmermann, T., Bunlay, N.).


Conference Presentations (Selection)

Zimmermann, T., Becker, B., Gresch, C. (2019). Adaptation processes of educational goals in families with a migration background: A longitudinal perspective on the development of idealistic and realistic educational aspirations. International Conference “Immigrants’ Integration: Educational Opportunities and Life Chances” (IIEOLC), Monte Verità, Schweiz

Zimmermann, T. & Stocké, V. (2018). Inequality of Educational Aspirations: Social influence or rational choice? Paper presented at the Educational Inequality: Mechanisms and Institutions Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Zimmermann, T. (2017). Still an Open Question? Assessing the Causal Relationship between Students’ Aspirations and School Success. Paper presented at the 7th Conference of the European Survey Research Association, Lisbon, Portugal.

Zimmermann, T. (2016). Assessing the Causal Relationship between Students’ Aspirations and School Success – a Comparison of Analytical Procedures. Paper presented at the 9th International Conference on Social Science Methodology, Leicester, England.

Zimmermann, T. & Stocké, V. (2016). Inequality of Educational Aspirations: Social Influence or Rational Choice? Poster presented at ISA RC28 Summer Meeting, Bern, Switzerland.

Zimmermann, T. & Williams, J. H. (2015). Does Students’ Gender Matter? Parents’ Educational Expectations and Their Determinants and Consequences in Explaining Students’ Dropout in an Area in Cambodia. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Hilton Hotel Washington D.C., United States of America.

Chhinh, S., Edwards Jr., D., Williams, J. H., Kitamura, Y. and Zimmermann, T. (2014). Equity and Quality in Educational Decision-making: Results of a longitudinal study of 6th grade Cambodian students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society Annual Conference, Sheraton Centre Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Edwards Jr., D., Chhinh, S., Kitamura, Y., Williams, J. and Zimmermann, T. (2013). Student transition from primary to lower secondary school in Cambodia: Findings and implications from pupil and parent perspectives. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, LA. 

Zimmermann, T. (2013). Schooling or working? An empirical Test of the Breen and Goldthorpe Model in a provincial area of Cambodia. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Hilton Riverside Hotel, New Orleans, LA.

Williams, J.H., Zimmermann, T., Edwards Jr., D., Chhinh, S. and Kitamura, Y. (2012). Gender and educational and career aspirations: First results of a longitudinal study of 6th grade Cambodian students. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the 56th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Caribe Hilton, San Juan, Puerto Rico.


Affiliations

Member of the International Sociological Association (ISA), Research Committee on Social Stratification (RC28), Research Committee on Logic and Methodology (RC33).


Teaching

Winter term 2021/2022

BW-C/Sb1: Bildungsungleichheit

Regressionsverfahren in der Bildungssoziologie

Summer term 2021

Bildungsungleichheit und ihre institutionellen Ursachen

Determinanten und Konsequenzen von Bildungsaspirationen

Winter term 2020/2021

Fehlende Werte

Regressionsverfahren in der Bildungssoziologie

Summer term 2020

Bildungsgewinner und Bildungsverlierer: Regressionsverfahren in der Bildungssoziologie

BW-C/Sb1: Bildungsungleichheit B